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Old 01-03-18, 08:00 PM
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Nashbar Reduced Radius Rollers: Tires (Silver Sheen)

Anyone have the Nashbar reduced radius rollers?

I recently purchased them and noticed after using them for the first time, there was a silver streak and sheen down the center of my rear tire, and to a lesser extent, the front. My tires are fancy, supple, open tubular, Challenge Strada Biancas, so maybe they're more susceptible. The rear also looks to have somewhat squared-off, though that might be an illusion created by the silver streak? The tires weren't new, but seem to be worse for the wear after only 45 mins of rollers.

To avoid in the future, and to avoid tire changing, I decided to use a different wheelset for the rollers vs the road. I'm planning to try the Continental Home Trainer tires.

The rollers have thin grooves. Do most aluminum rollers have these? I imagine they increase traction and help balance, but think it could also increase wear.

I've read of one person having good luck with Gatorskins, and some say it doesn't matter, old tires, slicks, etc. maybe just a harder rubber tire is what's needed? I'd like to avoid the silver streak if possible, but can deal with it if only for the rollers wheelset.

Is this streak thing unique to my rollers, or does it happen on others when soft tires are used? Is it due to the grooves in the rollers?

I'm close to 200lbs and had my Strada Biancas at around 90lbs psi (their max).




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Normal. Rollers and trainers are tough on tires.

My understanding is that an open tubular used a glued on tread. I'm open to correction but several here have stated that tires with glued on tread should be avoided on rollers and trainers.

Sportcrafter rollers have a light texture on the drums. I don't know why but believe this is normal.


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I put on the cheap wheels and tires for the rollers.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Normal. Rollers and trainers are tough on tires.

My understanding is that an open tubular used a glued on tread. I'm open to correction but several here have stated that tires with glued on tread should be avoided on rollers and trainers.

Sportcrafter rollers have a light texture on the drums. I don't know why but believe this is normal.


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Originally Posted by koolerb View Post
I put on the cheap wheels and tires for the rollers.
I plan to follow that lead, albeit with Continental home training tires
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I ride ABS rollers and see no tire wear. OTOH, I've worn the grooves completely out of the roller drums. My wife has a trainer with an aluminum roller. Her lovely red trainer tire almost immediately turned silver. Looking closely at that tire, I don't see any wear. But over the years, her trainer roller has developed quite a groove where the tire sits. I think that's what's happening to your tires - you're seeing aluminum deposited on the tire, not rubber deposited on the rollers. Probably the grooves will make the rollers wear faster. Because one moves around on the rollers, you won't notice the grooves going away for quite a while.

I ride my normal road tires on my ABS rollers but that might not be the best idea with them getting an aluminum deposit. Not that it hurts the tire, but it might impact the tire's ability to grip outside. With no resistance unit, you're depending on tire deflection to produce resistance. That's the idea behind the small rollers, to increase deflection. Some people let air out of their tires to increase resistance. I've tried that, but don't like the feel. But nasty hard rolling tires like Gatorskins might be just the ticket. Ideally, you'd have a spare wheel you put on for the rollers, maybe with different gearing. Everyone should have spare wheels anyway.
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Sometimes bike shops have old but still useable tires in a pile somewhere and if you ask nicely you can get them for little or no money.
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